St. Brigid of Ireland

St. Brigid (Brigit) of Ireland, also known as Saint Brigit of Kildare, is a 5th century Irish saint. She expressed an interest in religious life at a young age, and made her profession of vows. Brigid founded a double monastery, became abbess of her convent, the first in Ireland, and also founded a School of Art which made famous illuminated manuscripts.  St. Brigid is known for her extraordinary spirituality, humble charity, and compassion for those in distress. Along with St. Patrick, she is the patroness of Ireland. Her feast day is celebrated on February 1st. (Various spellings: Brigid, Bridget, Bridgit, Bríd, and Bride)